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Beer tosser apologizes to Victorino, Cubs

Wrong man tossed from Wrigley
August 14, 2009 7:42:50 AM PDT
A Chicago Cubs fan issued an apology as he was charged in connection with a beer-throwing incident during Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The fan now admits throwing his drink at Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino.

John Machionne, 21, walked out of Area 3 police headquarters on Thursday evening after being charged with one count each of misdemeanor battery and legal conduct within a sports facility. He turned himself in to the Chicago Police Department on Thursday afternoon after learning that both the Chicago Cubs and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino filed a complaint against him after he threw a cup of beer at Victorino from the bleachers during the Cubs game against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Machionne apologized for his actions before being driven away by his friends.

"It was a big mistake. I apologize to Shane Victorino. It really is nothing against him. It was a mistake, like I said. And the Chicago Cubs, I'm sorry. I disgraced you, the fans of the Cubs, myself, my family and myself," said Machionne.Watch the apology

"I want to make sure that guy gets what's due. I think that he got to be held accountable," said Victorino.

The beer throwing incident happened during the bottom of the fifth when Victorino was poised to catch a long fly ball from Jake Fox. Victorino caught the ball regardless, and shortly after, security removed the man they mistakenly identified as the beer thrower. That man was seated just a few places away from Machionne.

"You see it all the time now. Just par for the course," said Andy Picoli, Phillies Fan.

"Unfortunately, it's happening more than it should be, things like this at Wrigley Field. There are more and more people coming to games here who know less and less about what goes on in the game," said Fred Allman, Cubs fan.

It is not known when Machionne will have to appear in court to face the charges against him.


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